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Sorry this is my first post in here but i am hoping some one can help me out a bit. I have a 1988 2.9 ranger that drove just fine before the other day. I spent a good bit of time on saturday and sunday cleaning out the years of baked on oil. After word the truck would not start. I figured water just got down into somthing. So i let the truck dry out and sure thing the next day she started right up.

So i started my next project cleaning up the TB and upper intake manifold. I started to just use carb and injector cleaner but found the caked on oil and carbon just too much. So i pulled the TB and gave it a good cleaning. I also Dremel and smoothed out the upper part of the intake manifold just a hair to help get some of the carbon off and just smooth out the intake just a hair.

Now the truck just cranks and cranks. I was thinking it might be the TPS but could be way off. Starter fluid does not help and the truck does have spark.

Any imput would be welcome because i am lost.
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You didn't take off metal with the dremel did you? Did you clean the IAC when you had the TB off? Did you plug in all the sensors you disconnected? Disconnect the battery and double check your work to make sure everything is the way it should be.
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It ended up being the TPS. I picked one up too day pluged it right in and the truck fired right up.

I also cut up a old cold air intake i had laying around from a friends car. It took a little work but it doesnt look too bad.

That brings up a point. Why does no one make a short ram or cold air kit for the 2.9 ranger it would only take two bends.
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Scratch that the thing will not start again.
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Ok we got her running again. I think it might have just been a issue with the ECU taking some time to learn with the new intake. Kind of strange being a older truck but it runs good now. The truck responds very well now and she will even pull hills in 5th gear at 55 mph. I am very happy with this little home made mod.
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